ephrem-isaac-aphrahatWith reference to Christ was this (which follows) said.

For he said that He was given as a light to all the Gentiles as the Prophet Isaiah said:—I have given Thee as a light to all the Gentiles, that Thou shouldest be My redemption to the ends of the earth (Is. 49:6).

And furthermore David also said;—Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my paths (Ps. 118/119:105).

And also the word and discourse of the Lord is Christ, as is written in the beginning of the Gospel of our Saviour;—In the beginning was the Word John 1:1.

And with regard to the light there again he bore witness:—The light was shining in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not (John 1:5).

What then is this:—The light was shining in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not?  Clearly Christ,

His light shone in the midst of the people of the house of Israel, and the people of the house of Israel did not comprehend the light of Christ, in that they did not believe on Him, as it is written:—He came unto His own, and His own received Him not (John 1:11).  

And also our Lord Jesus called them darkness, for He said to His disciples;—Whatsoever I say unto you in the darkness, that speak ye in the light (Matt. 10:27), namely, let your light shine among the Gentiles (cf. Matt. 5:16); because they received the light of Christ, Who is the Light of the Gentiles.

And He said again to His Apostles:—Ye are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14).  And again He said unto them;—Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matt. v. 16).

And again He showed with regard to Himself that He is the light, for He said to His disciples:—Walk while the light is with you, ere the darkness overtake you (John 12:35).  And again He said to them:—Believe on the light that ye may be children of light (John 12:36).

And again He said:—I am the light of the world (John 8:12). And again He said:—No man lighteth a lamp and putteth it under a bushel or under a bed, or putteth it in a hidden place, but putteth it upon the lamp-stand that every one may see the light of the lamp (Matt. 5:15; Mark i4:21; Luke 8:16).

And the shining lamp is Christ, as David said;—Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my paths (Ps. 118/119:105).

Aphrahat the Persian (c.270-c.345): Demonstrations, 1 – On Faith (10). (The icon accompanying this extract depicts Ephrem the Syrian, Isaac the Syrian, and Aphrahat).

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